Welcome back from the break! I took some holidays but also I attended a couple of conferences. One of them (the meeting of the Academy of International Business sub-Saharan Africa Chapter) took place in August in Johannesburg (Jo’burg to friends). It was a fantastic opportunity to share ideas with scholars and business people based or interested in sub-Saharan Africa.
Entering South Africa proved to be a different experience for Africans and non-Africans. Africans had to get a visa in their country – a process which is a pain in the neck. Those from Western countries didn’t need any visa at all. Only five African countries (Seychelles, Mozambique, Rwanda,Comoros,Madagascar) offer visa-free access or visas on arrival to other Africans . This is a reflection of one of the themes that came across repeatedly during the conference discussions: there’s a pressing need for more Regional Integration in Africa. (Read full article on Africa from Africa blog)